Monthly Archives: April 2016

Grandmaster Lam Cho Explains the Origins of Lau Ga Kyun and Lau Ga Gwan

Grandmaster Lam Cho Explains the Origins of Lau Ga Kyun and Lau Ga Gwan

One of my fondest memories of my Sigung (師公), the Great-Grandmaster Lam Cho, was when he would put on his three-piece suit, pick up a newspaper, and take a brisk walk for lunch at his favorite restaurant, where he had a table reserved daily, between the hours of 1:00-2:30pm. On the occasion of one visit, in the early 1990’s, I had brought a variety of Chinese martial art books from my home in San Francisco, USA.

Arriving at Lam Kwoon (林館), Great-Grandmaster Lam Cho and my Sifu (師父), Grandmaster Lam Chunsing were ready to have lunch, and so we walked together, to Sigung’s restaurant, the old Joy Fook Lau Seafood Restaurant (彩福海鮮酒樓), on the fourth floor of the Pioneer Centre, 750 Nathan Road. On this particular day, I had brought the books with me, with the intention of discussing them with my Sifu. Continue reading

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“This is not Wing Chun!”

This is not Wing Chun

“Original”, “traditional”, “orthodox”… Those are the words how (traditional) Chinese martial arts are often described. What does it mean? Same as hundreds years ago? Dated?

The word “traditional” comes for a latin word tradere, “to hand over”, “hand down”, from the Master to the apprentice, from one generation to the other – not only the techniques and sets, but concepts, principles and training methodology, often unique to a specific system or family. Continue reading

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87 Years Young Chinese Gung Fu Lady Doing Splits [Video]

Chinese Martial Arts Flexibility

“Do not be afraid of being old; only be afraid when your spirit becomes old”, says a traditional Chinese maxim.

Mrs. Lau suffered a stroke, and as a party of her rehab she started to practice Chinese martial arts.  Check out the video where she performs some feats of active and dynamic flexibility, such as “Front Split” (Yat Ji Teui) and “Heel Supporting the Heavens” (Chiu Tin Dang). Continue reading

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“Tiger Claws” in Action! The Challenge Match is over in 1 Second [Video]

"Tiger Claws" in Action! The Challenge Match is over in 1 Second [Video]

A challenge match, no rules! US Green Beret vs. Peruvian Special Forces officer.

Green Beret (practitioner of Kung Fu San Soo) ends the fight immediately using one of the typical PHK techniques called “Tiger Springs on Railing” (Fu Pok Laan Saan), which can be found in our “Cross Pattern Plum Flower Set” (Sap Ji Mui Fa Kyun) or “Taming the Tiger in Gung Pattern Set” (Gung Ji Fuk Fu Kyun).

Check out the video, which also shows the technique performed by my Sifu, Grand Master Lam Chun Sing. Continue reading

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